Banana Blackberry, ER, Pecan Chocolate Muffins

I recently stumbled upon the Civilized Caveman Recipe blog that is filled to the brim with fabulous looking paleo and competitor friendly recipes.

Being the adventurous sort and at the request of a reader, I decided to try one of the recipes with the strange ingredients.

Muffins or scones?

A quick poll on Facebook came back with a resounding ‘MUFFINS!’, so muffins it was!

Off to the organic store I went with my recipe in hand to find coconut flour, coconut oil, and coconut milk. So many variations of coconut in the ingredients, yet there is nothing ‘coconutty‘ about the name. Strange!

I found the flour section. I had a sense they would have coconut flour.

Donloree and Flour at Planet Organic

Impressive! I never knew there were so many kinds of flour!

I also found the coconut oil and milk; into the basket it went.

Now to grab some tasty blackberries….or not….

Expensive Blackberries

OH. MY. GRACIOUS! I nearly dropped to the floor in a dead faint. I don't even know if Bill Gates could afford these!

After nearly fainting, I grimaced.

Donloree Grimace

Now what?! The muffins are called Banana BLACKBERRY....

I would not let this stop me from making weird muffins! And so I thought about what to do.

Donloree Thinking in Grocery Store

Hmmm...so many expensive ingredients...what can a competitor add to her muffins that won't break the bank?

Ah hah! The solution for every woman’s problem. Chocolate.

Donloree Chocolate

Yup, this will do!

The bulk section is a lifesaver because you only buy as much as you need. Then you don’t have to listen to muffled chocolate screams of ‘EAT ME!’ coming from the pantry.

I was finally ready to get my bake on.

The ingredients were assembled.

muffin ingredients

Everything required to make my Banana CHOCOLATE PECAN Muffins. Yup, decided to through some nuts in too! Mmm!

In my ‘I dislike rules and don’t read instructions‘ mode, I changed the recipe.

Here’s what I put in my muffins:

  • 1 egg
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 c light coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 banana
  • 10 pecans coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup or 50 grams dark chocolate chips

Although I did preheat the oven to 400 degrees AND put the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry into another; mixed them together and then added the nuts, chocolate chips and banana chunks into the batter after it was thoroughly mixed.

Muffin mix

Guidelines are always good...

They stated that this would make 11 muffins. Ummm…I increased the flour and milk by 100% and still only got 8 muffins.

muffins ready to bake

Do you like how I left the spoon in a 'lickable' state? I'm not on prep...I can lick the bowl, right?

Then I baked them for 20 minutes; just like they suggest.

While I waited, I put some coffee on.

muffin and coffee

I think muffins and coffee are soul mates.

Then I proceeded to devour them on my balcony.

Donloree eating muffin

Hot, tasty, and very muffin-esque!

I give them a *good* rating, but they have the potential to be fabulous.

Next time I make them I am going to change the recipe yet again by:

  • Only using 1 tbsp of coconut oil – they were a tad greasy
  • Completely blend the banana and add it in as a ‘wet‘ ingredient
  • Increase the baking powder to 1/2 teaspoon so there is more rise to the muffins
  • Find cheap blackberries or raspberries and put them in to lower the macros

Speaking of macros, here’s how the muffin breaks down.

  • Protein 4.25 grams
  • Carbs 9.6 grams
  • Fat 8.8 grams
  • Calories 134.6

I vote you change up the recipe to suit your taste buds and let me know how they turn out!

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Comments

  1. Chrystal cook says:

    Sound yummy do you deliver he he he!!!!

  2. $8 blackberries?!!!! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!

    Do you always shop organic? As in at Planet Organic? Cause I think you might be Bill Gates. šŸ˜‰

    I’m so confused about my current “program”. All I know is body building: protein, protein, protein. But a lot of people recommend upping the good carbs and fats and not being so protein crazy. I’m gonna experiment. Keeping track of calories vs. nutrients. WE SHALL SEE.

    3rd week is almost done!!!

    • bikiniorbust says:

      Hah! I rarely buy anything there. The things I buy are coffee when on sale and other STRANGE things that I cannot find anywhere else. Superstore actually has a really good and decently priced organic section. I shop there first for organic EVERY TIME.

      Bodybuilding is about protein AND carbs. You need good carbs in your diet to build muscle for sure. And you need good fat in your diet for sure. Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts….you probably need less protein than you think you do! šŸ™‚ For instance, I don’t even have protein shakes…they would put me WAY over on the amount of protein that I need in a day. I want to see your tracking system; it sounds fab!! šŸ™‚

  3. ALSO? You are so cute. I loved this series of pictures.

  4. Crystal says:

    Thanks Donloree! I feel kind of famous getting a mention on your blog as “a reader”…if you want next time you can call me “an adoring fan” šŸ˜‰ Now that I know that a real, live, normal person has tried the coconutty stuff and survived, I think I will brave a trip to Planet Organic and see what I can find. And afford!
    The banana, chocolate, pecan muffins sound absolutely delish, I have a hankering to try lemon blueberry someday.
    Thanks for being the virtual guinea pig!

    • bikiniorbust says:

      No problem! I would suggest going to Superstore first and checking out their organic section. The coconut flour I bought was Red Bob Mill’s which is carried in a lot of stores. And Superstore is WAY more affordable! No need to have a muffin that costs a dollar each! šŸ™‚

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